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U14 Netball v Ormiston Academy

This afternoon our the U14 netball team played extremely well and were victorious against Orminston Victory Academy 22-2.  The girls worked very well together as a team, highlighting their skills and the progress they have been making.  Player of the match was Mia D for her successful shooting and great defensive work. Well done, girls!

Emily G
Taonga K
Cristina M-M
Harriet C
Emily D
Rachel Y
Mia D
Anna L
Kitty C-L

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Noah’s Ark floats off in Reception’s assembly!

Our Reception pupils have been learning all about things that float and sink, including the story of Noah’s Ark.  Jake and Chloe have even made their own boats at home  and in one of the pictures here you can see Chloe holding hers, made from drinks bottles and pipe cleaners covered in a waterproof plastic bag.

Yesterday, in an enchanting Noah’s Ark-themed assembly, the children told us all about what they had been learning and doing on this topic.  They all spoke very clearly and sang beautifully – well done, everyone!  A big thank you to all the parents and family members for coming to watch and for helping to provide some amazing animal costumes, too!

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Big Garden Birdwatch HOHS-style!

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch at the weekend, and for telling us about it.  Lots of the children ticked off birds they saw on the RSPB checklist and submitted their results on line and some of them told us about what they saw. Here are just a few of their reports:

Amy T (Year 2) – Submitted her results online to the RSPB, kept a record and made a bar chart to show which birds she spotted in her garden and on the family’s farmland.

Agata (Year 2) – Spotted two jays and two blue tits. Agata sat on her wendy house and watched the birds from the window.

Felicity (Year 3) – saw a sparrow, three blue tits, lots of orange-legged geese, two swans and a herd of deer in her big back garden!

Sophia (Year 2) – Her mummy spotted a woodpecker, four great tits, a blackbird and a seagull.

Adam (Year 4) – spotted wood pigeons, blue tits, blackbirds as as well as foxes and a squirrel!

Evelyn (Year 2) – Evelyn sat in her bedroom looking out of the window for an hour and saw a blue tit and seven pigeons.

Isabella (Year 3) – saw two greenfinches and two blue tits on her birdtable.

Matilda (Year 5) – spotted a sparrow, a robin, a blue tit, a pigeon and lots of blackbirds.

Elysia (Year 1) – used binoculars and spotted a blue tit, pheasant and a blackbird. Elysia submitted her results on line.

Harry in Reception made us all smile when he said,  “I saw a woodpecker and an armadillo and a dinosaur”!

A special thank you to Felicity (Year 7) for this lovely picture of one of the two shy jays who feed in her garden.



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Year 10 jump in the river!

Our Year 10 geographers experienced two field days away at the weekend, based at Overstrand Hall near Cromer.  After arriving by minibus on Friday evening they settled into the impressive hall, ate together and prepared for the next day’s data collection in the River Glaven.  Although Saturday dawned grey and cold,  the girls plunged into the river undaunted. They collected a variety of data including velocity (using a hydroprop and a float), bedload measurements, width, depth and wetted perimeter. Using computer software they then analysed the data to see if a significant impact has been made on this river by man – and proved that it has. On Sunday we travelled into Norwich and collected data at Riverside and King Street to observe regeneration factors. The girls worked very hard until 9.00pm on both evenings: perhaps the chocolate cake and sweets helped!

Mrs Grove

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Mini donkeys in The Barn!

In assembly this morning we welcomed two beautiful little visitors, Pixie and Pippin from Mini Donks,  the local charity chosen by our senior girls for our fundraising this year.  We heard from  Mini Donks’ founder Sarah all about the wonderful work these gentle, friendly little creatures do to improve the wellbeing of people in care homes, with dementia or in any other situation where a smile is needed (you can’t help smiling when you meet them!). Sarah explained that it costs £30,000 a year to keep the donkeys on the road and travelling to the places they are needed: they earn £20000 of that in visit fees but need to make up the £10000 shortfall. Miss Mann, who organised the visit, said that each form in our school will be thinking about what fundraising activity they can arrange, to help meet this target. You can read more and see videos on the Mini Donks website.

When assembly finished, the children had an opportunity to get up close and touch the donkeys in the courtyard.



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Year 10 geography trip to Kingswood

Our Year 10 geographers headed to Overstrand Hall on Friday for a weekend of practical work and data collection to enhance their GCSE studies. Watch this space for a full report but meanwhile here they are setting off in the minibus and settling in on arrival!
Mrs Grove

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On the menu this week

Homemade soup
Southern Fried Chicken with Mexican Salsa
Baby New Potatoes
Mixed Vegetables
Southern Fried Vegetable Fritters
Salad Bar
Assorted Puddings
Fresh Fruit

Homemade Soup
Macaroni Bolognaise
Garlic Bread
Mixed Salad
Macaroni Provencale
Salad Bar
Pear Halves and Ice Cream
Fresh Fruit

Homemade Soup
Chicken Chilli
Cheese Nachos
Vegetarian Chilli
Salad bar
Rich Chocolate Marshmallow Mousse
Fresh Fruit

Homemade Soup
Homemade Pork Casserole
Creamed Potatoes
Roasted Root Vegetables
Quorn Casserole
Salad Bar
Fruit and Berry Strudel
Fresh Fruit

Homemade Soup
Chicken Burger in a Bun
Freshly Chipped Potatoes
Spicy Bean Burger
Salad Bar
Low Fat Fruit Yogurts
Fresh Fruit